RYA Day Skipper Course

About this course...

RYA Day Skipper Course Practical

We are London's leading sea school. Practical courses are run from Neptune Marina Ipswich Suffolk, just 1 hour from Liverpool Street

We have many students go on to charter at home and abroad. Day skippers and ICC is now required in many countries. It is often the minimum standard required by charter companies to charter a boat abroad.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course. (see below for dates)

This course is about learning to be a Skipper, like the Competent Crew course it can be carried out over two weekends (one being along weekend) or five consecutive days

Note: We at Hamilton sailing incorp many weekend's into this 5 day course saving on valuable holiday.

Recommended prerequisites for the Day Skipper practical course are that you are up to the Day skipper theory course standard & you are competent around a yacht.
(Call for advice if your not sure)

You will learn about weather, tides, rules of the road and how to plan and execute a simple passage. Most of all we will help you to develop confidence in taking charge of a yacht. You will live aboard the boat with the instructor & other students/crew. (you will be allocated a cabin on the first day)

Each day will involve a mixture of short passages from port to port and intensive exercises. We will be in harbour or anchorage every night but you should also get a few hours experience of night sailing.There will be opportunities to go ashore during some evenings.

The courses are always great FUN. We use yachts just like the ones you will charter abroad. We know what is of importance to you.

You will receive a comprehensive list of what to bring with you when you book.
All meals are provided aboard. Gore-Tex Oil skin water proofs are available FREE of charge.

Achievement: You will be able to skipper a yacht on short passages in familiar/sheltered waters by day. Charter companies will accept your Day Skipper Course certificate as evidence of competence to charter a yacht in UK sheltered waters or in the Med or Caribbean.

A recent testimonial
Dear Owen and Mark,

I have been meaning to email you for the past week to thank you for running such a good Day Skipper course. I really enjoyed the two weekends of the practical course and it certainly improved my confidence on a yacht. It was good to put the theory of what I had learnt in the classroom before Christmas into practice.

Owen is a very patient and unflappable teacher!

I have no doubt in recommending Hamilton Sailing to friends and contacts. I am also seriously considering doing my Yachtmasters with you.

Many thanks,

Emma 17/05/2016


Practical courses are run from Neptune Marina Ipswich Suffolk, just 1 hour from Liverpool Street to Ipswich then a 10 min walk. If you're driving then it's about one hour from the M25 on A12 & A14. There is free parking at the Marina

Cost: 2 x weekend course £599
5 Day course £565
5 Day course Winter £499
3 weekend course (summer only) you pick the weekends £650

Available dates for this course...

2nd - 6th August incorps weekend £565 Book Now
26th 27th 28th Aug & 2nd 3rd Sept Two wknds + BH £599 Book Now
6th - 10th Sept incorps a weekend £565 Book Now
27th Sept to 1st Oct 2017 incorps a wkend @ Ipswich £565 Book Now
13th 14th 15th & 21st 22nd Oct Two wkends at Ipswich £565 Book Now
3rd 4th 5th & 11th 12th Nov two x wkend course £499 Book Now

How to book...

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